Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you spend time in God’s word today.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 & 1 Corinthians 12:27-31
In case you were wondering – the answer is YES! If you are a believer in Christ Jesus than you have a spiritual gift, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 2:7. And, as we can be certain that it is for the common good of the church – we can be sure you are supposed to use it! There are a myriad of books and websites which may help you discern what your spiritual gifts are, but let’s start by looking at what the Bible says God has distributed to His people.
- Using the passages that we read make a list of spiritual gifts.
- Pray and as the Lord to help you discern your gifts. Think about your natural talents – write them down.
- Consider where God is working in your life and honing your skills – is there a place where you see God’s hand?
- Do you have a certain passion for service or ministry. Where does your heart break – where is God moving you?
- Paul exhorts Timothy to, “fan into flame the gift of God” 2 Timothy 1:6. What can you do today to develop and use the gift that the Lord has given you?
You have been given gifts by God to serve Him and His church! It is your responsibility to seek His will, His growth, and with boldness walk forward in service to Him. Praying that you will grow and fan into flame the gift of God in your own life!
Take time to pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“And I will show you a still more excellent way.”
1 Corinthians 12:31
In the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul talks about spiritual gifts and the necessity of each part of the body of Christ. He reminds us, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27), and he encourages us to “earnestly desire the higher gifts” 1 Corinthians 12:31. It is a powerful message spurring us on to both use our gifts for the benefit of the body of Christ and to seek after Him so as to grow deeper in Him. And still, after these powerful words revealing to us how we grow in Christ and how we help the body – the church – he simply states… “And I will show you a still more excellent way” 1 Corinthians 12:31b. You see – all these gifts mean nothing if we do not act in love. If we do not speak in love. If we have any other motivator than love. 1 Peter 1:22 reminds us that we are called to “love earnestly from a pure heart.” So – what does that look like? 1 Corinthians 13 gives us a picture of just such love. I am confident that most of you have read, or heard this many many many times. Take time now to ask God to give you fresh eyes to see what He has for you in these precious verses.
- Using 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Make a list of all the things that love is.
- How is God calling you to change the way you love. Write it down…
- Write down one thing you can do today to love in a more excellent way.
Praying that the Lord would perfect your love. That you can love others with a pure heart and in a way that will shine His love to the world. May we all live in the more excellent way!